Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has received an official CinemaScore grade.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now playing in theaters, dominating the worldwide box office. The Marvel Studios sequel is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame and sees the nation of Wakanda dealing with the loss of T’Challa and the threat of the Talocans, led by Namor. With the film available on most markets, CinemaScore has revealed its audience grade to the public.
The first Black Panther movie received an A+ CinemaScore in audience exit polling back in February 2018. The Marvel Studios feature also had a 96% score on the popular review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes while its sequel Wakanda Forever is currently sitting at 84 percent, based on 324 reviews from Tomato-approved critics.
How Wakanda Forever compares to Marvel’s Phase 4 CinemaScore grades
In comparison to the rest of Marvel’s Phase 4 CinemaScore report card, Black Widow received an A-, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings received an A, Eternals received a B, Spider-Man: No Way Home received an A+, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness received a B+ and Thor: Love and Thunder received a B+. When it comes to the latest era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s clear that audience reactions are a bit more mixed, especially when compared to previous phases where enthusiasm was certainly higher leading up to Avengers: Endgame.
Two years after the release of Black Panther and T’Challa’s return in Avengers: Infinity War and its follow-up Endgame, Chadwick Boseman, the actor behind the fan-favorite character, passed away at the age of 43, following a four-year battle with colon cancer. Marvel made the decision not to recast T’Challa, with his sister Shuri taking on the Black Panther mantle.
In Heroic Hollywood’s review of the movie Ryden Scarnato wrote “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with T’Challa’s death becoming permanent due to Boseman’s real-life passing and the story now following the world of Wakanda dealing with that grief. While the film is an ensemble, it ultimately rests on the shoulders of Letitia Wright’s Shuri and Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda.”
“When it comes to performances, everyone here is at the top of their game, and you can’t help but think that’s because of how intertwined the film is with real life. With Wright and Bassett serving as focal points, the two are the strongest of the bunch, with incredibly personal moments that are some of the most heartfelt we’ve ever seen in the MCU. Shuri’s larger role in the film, in particular, also works for those who might have reservations.”
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